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Religion and Social Reconstruction in Africa

1st Edition

Edited by Elias Kifon Bongmba


334 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Religion has played a major role in both the division and unification of peoples and countries within Africa. Its capacity to cause, and to heal, societal rifts has been well documented. This book addresses this powerful societal force, and explores the implications of a theology of reconstruction, most notably articulated by Jesse Mugambi. This way of thinking seeks to build on liberation theology, aiming to encourage the rebuilding of African society on its own terms.

An international panel of contributors bring an interdisciplinary perspective to the issues around reconstructing the religious elements of African society. Looking at issues of reconciliation, postcolonialism and indigenous spirituality, among others, they show that Mugambi’s cultural and theological insight has the potential to revolutionise the way people in Africa address this issue.

This is a fascinating exploration of the religious facets of African life. As such, it will be of great interest to scholars of religious studies, theology and African studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Engaging Religion and Reconstruction

Elias Kifon Bongmba

Part I: Biblical and Ecclesial Perspectives

1 Texts of affirmation rather than negation: Jesse N.K. Mugambi and African Biblical Studies

Knut Holter

2 The Life of King David as a Model of Reconstruction

David Tuesday Adamo

3 Worshipping God the Spirit "in Spirit and Truth" in Africa: One African Woman’s Reflections on John 4:19-24

Madipoane Masenya (Ngwan’a Mphahlele)

4 Olódùmarè: The Hidden but Relevant God in the Yoruba Religious Imagination

Enoch Olujide Gbadegesin

5 Destiny and Eschatology in Jesse Mugambi’s Writings

John Fischer

6 The Church of the Future: Dialogue on the Ecclesiology of Mugambi

Elias Kifon Bongmba

7 Christian Councils in Africa: Whence? Whither?: Impressions

Harold Miller


Part II: Liberation and Reconstruction

8 Postcolonial Positions – Jesse Mugambi and the Christian Responsibility in the Socio-Political Sphere

Mika Vähäkangas

9 Relating Peace in African Religion to Theologies of Liberation and Reconstruction

John S. Mbiti

10 Re-orientation: Theology of Reconstruction and Intercultural Theology

Franz Gmainer-Pranzl

11 Reconstruction Theology in Action: Exploring the Significance of J.N.K. Mugambi’s Theological Contribution through a Case Study of Nairobi Chapel/Mavuno Church in Nairobi, Kenya

Diane Stinton

12 Theology of Reconstruction: A Paradigm for Reflection on Revitalization in African Christianity

Kyama Mugambi

13 "… Then Towards the Rebuilding of Our Societies Now in Ruins"

Ntozakhe Simon Cezula

14 Reconstructing Mission: The Church in Africa in the Service of Justice, Peace and Reconciliation

Philomena Njeri Mwaura


Part III: Future Trajectories on Religion and Theology in a Global Context

15 The Reality of African Religio-Cultural Identity in the Context of Globalization

Peter Mutuku Mumo

16 Integrity of Mission in Light of the Gospel in Africa: A Perspective from an African in Diaspora

Tite Tiéno

17 On Freedom: Risking a (Faithful) Reinterpretation

James R. Cochrane

18 The Challenge Facing the Next Generation of African Theologians

Laurenti Magesa

19 Narratives of the Future in African History: Advancing Aspirations for Liberation and Reconstruction in Africa

Loreen Maseno

20 African Theology and African Literature: Rediscovering a Daring Intellectual Project

Abraham Waigi Ng’ang’a

21 Theological Education in Africa: Concerns and Contribution of Professor Jesse N.K. Mugambi

Dickson Nkonge Kagema

22 Missions and Money Revisited

Jonathan Bonk

23 Managing Religious Diversity in Tanzania: Islamic Revivalism and Modes of Governance

Frans Wijsen

About the Editor

Elias Kifon Bongmba is Harry and Hazel Chavanne Chair in Christian Theology and Professor of Religion at Rice University, USA. He is author of The Dialectics of Transformation in Africa. He is Managing Editor of Religious Studies Review, and President of the African Association for the Study of Religion.

About the Series

Studies in World Christianity and Interreligious Relations

The aim of this series is to publish scholarly works of high merit on relations between believers of various streams of Christianity, as well as relations between believers of Christianity and other religions. We welcome studies from all disciplines, including multi- and interdisciplinary studies, which focus on intra- and inter-religious relations and are non-denominational.

Editorial Board

Francis Clooney (Cambridge, USA)
Fatimah Husein (Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
Diego Irarrazaval (Santiago, Chile)
Robert Schreiter (Chicago, USA)
Abdulkader Tayob (Cape Town, South Africa)
Anya Topolski (Nijmegen, The Netherlands)

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Ecclesiology
RELIGION / Christian Theology / Liberation
RELIGION / Religion, Politics & State
RELIGION / Theology
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology of Religion